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Spring Cleaning tips

Submitted by Lorene Bartos, UNL Extension Educator

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Spring is here. This is the time of year spring house cleaning comes to our mind. Not only does a good spring house cleaning make everyone feel good, it is a time to get rid of all the dust and dirt that can affect those suffering from allergies.

To do a whole house spring cleaning, plan to do a thorough cleaning in every room. Cleaning household surfaces, washing the bedding, dusting and vacuuming can reduce allergy symptoms and will make your house sparkle, too.

Start cleaning in the bedrooms. Launder all washable bedding, including mattress cover, pillows, bed skirts, blankets, and comforters. Flip your mattresses and vacuum them. Dust mites can be hiding anywhere.

Dusting is the next step. Use a clean, soft cloth sprayed with a dusting product. Dust all woodwork, furniture, shelves, light fixtures, etc.

Next vacuum everywhere. Vacuum under the beds, chairs, couches, tables, behind dressers, shelves, refrigerator, and any other hidden areas. Remove cushions on furniture and clean thoroughly. Be sure to do the crevices of upholstery and lamp shades. Vacuum walls or wipe them down with a cloth. Remember to give the carpets a good vacuuming. Vacuum carpets frequently and use a carpet cleaner to remove stains.

To clean the bathroom, use an all-purpose cleaner and clean the walls, tub, shower, fixtures and towel racks. If necessary, use a mildew remover on the tub and shower walls and a calcium and lime scale remover to remove those hard water mineral deposits.

Wash all floors – for vinyl and ceramic tile floors use a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner or floor cleaner. For really deep cleaning, you may have to scrub the floors on your hands and knees. Use clean water or a wood cleaner on your hardwood floors. Be careful not to get hardwood floor too wet.

Clean windows, draperies, blinds and screens. Wash windows and screens. Use a glass cleaner or glass and multi-surface cleaner for windows. While screens let in fresh air, they also collect a lot of dust and dirt. Vacuum the screens to remove dust and other particles stuck to the screen. Hose down or gently scrub them with a brush dipped in a solution of all-purpose cleaner and water.

Don't forget the closets and other storage areas. Take out your winter clothes and decide which ones need to be washed or dry cleaned before storing them. Any clothes with food or perspiration stains, even if you can't see them may attract unwanted pests. Consider donating to charity anything you didn't use this past year. Vacuum under shoes and other items stored on the floor.

Take a trip back through the home you have cleaned. It will be refreshed and you can feel a great sense of accomplishment. Continue to do weekly and monthly cleaning and maintenance to keep your home in top shape all year long.

Ask Lorene

(This resource was added March 2008 and appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper Sunday edition. For information on reproducing this article or using any photographs or graphics, read the Terms of Use statement)

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